The weekend is upon us, and with it, a chance to sit back, relax and consume massive amounts of sci-fi, fantasy and horror pop culture. In The Geekender, our writers share a bit about what they're reading, watching and playing -- and we want to hear from you. Let us know what's on your plate in the comments!
Trent Moore: With most stores already sold out, I spent the past week scouring eBay for one of Sphero's extremely cool remote control BB-8 droids. It took some effort, but I managed to snag one (below retail, I might add!). My wife thinks I'm crazy, and I'm using the excuse that it's for our 4-year-old (which totally explains why I keep the dock on my desk, right?). It came in yesterday, and I plan on spending at least some of the weekend figuring out some tricks and maneuvers with my kiddo (and probably freaking out our cat in the process). We've only gotten to kick the tires for a few minutes, but it's easy to see why this thing is the hottest toy of the year.
Don Kaye: Sometime over this weekend, I am going to watch Tales of Halloween, an upcoming anthology featuring 10 short horror stories directed by 10 different directors. The anthology film, popular in the '60s and early '70s, has made a bit of a comeback in recent years, and this one includes some very well-known names in the independent horror genre, like Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (May), Paul Solet (Grace) and Darren Lyn Bousman (Saw II, III & IV). The names alone attracted me to this one, so I hope they all deliver.
Carol Pinchefsky: I’ve had the Zack Whedon-penned graphic novel Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories sitting by the side of my bed for weeks now, and I’m determined to read it. Flipping through it, I see it’s a thin collection of shorts, and the first story is about Captain Hammer. It won’t have the snappy show tunes, but I’m hoping it has the same off-kilter humor that made the Web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog one of my favorite shows, of any medium, in 2008. Speaking of 2008, where is that sequel you promised us, Joss? WHERE? *cries despondently*
Jeff Spry: I'm ashamed to admit the fact I never finished the final two seasons of J.J. Abrams' Fringe, but that's all gonna change this weekend as I tear into the still-wrapped Blu-ray box sets with unbridled relish. What's even more astonishing is that I managed to avoid any major spoilers online or in the company of friends, or my parents, who loved the show and would occasionally drop feeble hints as to the outcome that I'd deftly deflect like Luke rejecting his training droid's laser jabs. Fringe is one of my favorite TV series, and in refreshing my memory of the series, I'm struck with the fantastic writing and synergistic performances of John Noble, Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv and Lance Reddick So, while I might not reach the end by Sunday night, I plan to make a serious inter-dimensional dent in Season 4. Wish me luck!
Krystal Clark: Thursday, NBC premiered the limited event series Heroes Reborn. It's a continuation of the sci-fi drama that originally aired from 2006-2010. Even though I watched that show in its entirety, I've been hesitant to tackle the reboot. I think a lot of it has to do with the way the last one ended. The carnival, tattoo lady, and ringmaster from Hell were a bit off-putting. So, this weekend, I'm revisiting Heroes: Season 1. Since I already have it on DVD, I thought this would be a good time to dust it off. Hopefully, I'll rediscover what made me such a huge fan in the first place. If I can do that, maybe I can get on board with this new iteration.
Lisa Granshaw: I'm still working my way through IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series and, right now, I'm in the middle of the City Fall arc. At this point I'm pretty much over my concerns about the origin story because there's just so much great stuff happening in the comic that I like that I can't help but trust in what the creative team has in mind. I'm excited to see how this story arc plays out, especially since Leonardo is probably my favorite turtle! Hopefully I'll be able to finish the arc over the weekend.
Matt Dorville: This week I'm going all the way to Dave and Buster's near Times Square to play the Star Wars Battle Pod. This is the only place in all of New York City that has this game, and I'm more than a little excited due to all the buzz around it (you can find the location of the Battle Pod near you here). The graphics and gameplay look incredible and with the ability to play in a X-Wing, Imperial Speeder Bike, Millennium Falcon, Snowspeeder, or TIE Fighter, the 20 bucks I have budgeted for this outing might not last that long.
Evan Hoovler: My two year old twin boys are super into dragons. As such, their favorite thing in the world right now is Bowser from Super Mario, who I'm not even sure is a dragon. So, this weekend, I plan to try to teach them video games: I want to get the remaining stars in Super Mario 3D (I have about 95% of them), but that is probably too advanced for them, so, instead, I'm going to play Mario Party 10. This game has most of the skills which fall into their wheelhouse (mainly pushing A and waving the controller wildly). There is a game mode all about Bowser where you can play as the king of the Koopas and chase players all over the game board. My only big decision is which one of them to dress as Bowser for Halloween, and which one to dress as Princess Peach.
Matthew Jackson: I have a passion for finding old horror paperbacks featuring treasures I've never had the pleasure to read, and a few months ago I happened to stumble upon one I've been waiting for for some time: The Skin Trade, a George R.R. Martin werewolf story that first appeared in the anthology Dark Visions alongside tales by Stephen King and Dan Simmons. I've been holding on to it for a while, and this weekend I'm hoping to finally crack it open.
Adam Swiderski: This weekend is a little jam-packed for me, but I'll still find time for some geekery, and my plan is to dip my toe into Gotham. I haven't been that interested in it up to now, but I've been captivated recently by the clips I've seen of Cameron Monaghan as (supposedly, and boy, howdy, is it a massive bait-and-switch if this isn't true) the nascent Joker. He's got the look and the laughs down, and a scary intensity that, while it doesn't make me forget Heath Ledger's performance, at least gets me right in that same sweet spot for villainy that hasn't been touched since The Dark Knight (sorry, Jared Leto). It'll be fun for this Bat-fan to see the Clown Prince of Crime blossom in context.
You've heard what we're up to -- now it's your turn! What movies, books, comics, shows and games will you be diving into this weekend? Let us know in the comments!